X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
Awesomer Media Sites: THE AWESOMER | MIGHTYMEGA | 95OCTANE
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

Chipophone: the 8-Bit Organ

by Paul Strauss
Advertisement

At first glance, this might just look like one of those organs you used to see in the shopping mall when you were a kid. But under the hood of this bit of musical nostalgia is the ultimate chiptune machine.

chipophone_8_bit_synthesizer

Created by Linus Akesson, the Chipophone has the looks of an old organ, but the brains needed to crank out awesome 8-bit sounds for live chiptune performances. Linus ripped out all of the original tone-generators and wired up keys via a bunch of 74HC165 chips, daisy-chained together to an Atmega88 controller chip. He also wired up the knob potentiometers to the microcontroller’s analog inputs.

chipophone_insides

In turn, the microcontroller generates MIDI signals which are sent to another Atmega88 chip which produces 8-bit sounds. Here’s Linus showing off his wondrous musical creation:

YouTube Preview Image

What chiptune video would be complete without a performance of the Super Mario Bros. theme?

[via Synthopia]




Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

Recent Posts

Mechanical Giant Squid Kinetic Sculpture: Mechateuthis

Mechanical Giant Squid Kinetic Sculpture: Mechateuthis

Sexy Carrot Tracer Has a Better Bum than You

Sexy Carrot Tracer Has a Better Bum than You

A Robot That Pats Your Dog and Gives Treats

A Robot That Pats Your Dog and Gives Treats

Guy Proposes via Mario Maker, His Princess Was Not in Another Castle

Guy Proposes via Mario Maker, His Princess Was Not in Another Castle

Deal: Save 50% on Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection

Deal: Save 50% on Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo